2015 Acura NSX Fires Could be Caused by Exploding Batteries

 

2015 Acura NSX fire

New details surrounding the horrific fire that claimed one of Honda’s 2015 Acura NSX hybrid prototypes at the Nürburgring earlier this week have emerged over at enthusiast site, WorldCarFans. Their (unnamed) source claims that “the fire started at the back (of the NSX) following two explosions of the batteries, and, shortly after that, the flames extended onto the rest of the vehicle.”

 

Needless to say, this particular 2015 Acura NSX is a total loss after the blaze. Still, it’s worth noting that (as with Tesla’s highly-publicized fires last year) no one was hurt as a result of the fire. The test driver, apparently having received some sort of warning in addition to the batteries’ popping, pulled over at the Pflanzgarten corner, safe and sound.

Most importantly, however, is that this NSX test mule did exactly what it was sent out on the track to do: fail. The testers can now take whatever data they can get from the incident, study the physical limitations that led to the explosion, and develop fail-safes that will make it into the production version of the Ohio-built 2015 Acura NSX when it finally does debut early next year (think “Detroit Auto Show” or, possibly, the Super Bowl).

You can head over to WorldCarFans to check out more crash porn, if you’re into that, using the source link, below – and let us know what you think of Honda’s new hybrid super car in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

2015 Acura NSX fire

Source | More Images: WorldCarFans ,_Yu03.





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  • Steve Hanley

    Shades of the Boeing Dreamliner, eh?

  • J_JamesM

    Oh, lovely. I totally want one now.

    • Lots of test cars catch fire, crash, fail to avoid the moose, etc.

      • J_JamesM

        I’m well aware- I just thought it was funny that at the bottom of this article, they asked, “let us know what you think of Honda’s new hybrid super car in the comments section.”

  • It also could have been caused by the gasoline.

  • Steve Hanley

    this NSX test mule did exactly what it was sent out on the track to do: fail.

    Excellent point, Jo. Failure is an important part of all racing/high performance driving. Push it till it breaks, then figure out why it broke and make it better. Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 car had a similar fate yesterday in Hungary.

    Nevertheless, both Mercedes and Honda would probably wish their failures were not quite so spectacular and lot less public! ; )

    • Yup. Don’t forget Mercedes’ SLS had its fair share of heated moments.